Hi! My name is Helen Tilbury & I am a Zimbabwean, currently living in South Africa {since 2006}. I have 4 children aged 13, 16, 19 & 21, two of whom are away at university for ¾ of the year. I live in Durban, very close to the East Coast {Indian Ocean} although I am not a beach person at all! I love the look & smell of the sea but hate sand & overcrowding!
I have a wonderful partner who I’ve been with for 30 years & he helps & supports me in everything I do, including my scrapbooking, which I started with in 2003. I had no idea what I was doing in those first few years but as time went by I came to understand what it was truly all about & in 2008 started my blog, which put me in touch with the international crafting scene, which taught me everything I know today.
You can find my blog here & I am on Facebook here, Pinterest here, Instagram here & You-Tube here. I also have the pleasure of designing for Inkido {Papercraftscandinavia}, 2Crafty Chipboard {Australia}, Scrap365 Magazine UK & Scrap Around The World, my own challenge blog.
I have a day job that keeps me busy & I also love to get creative with photography, videos, DIY, decorating, organising & gardening too! Scrapbooking as an art form holds a very special place in my heart & I am over the moon with happiness to have been selected as a designer & ambassador for 7dots Studio!

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Hello everyone! HELEN back again to share my first 7Dots Studio Tutorial with you today.

I had such fun working on this tutorial & I hope that you enjoy it & that it inspires you to make something similar! I have a cupboard FULL of boxes & containers ready to be “made over” so I chose this lovely strong box to cover & decorate as a gift for my university-going daughter when she comes home for the holidays. She’s a crafty gal herself & keeps tickets, letters from her boyfriend & all sorts of other sweet & sentimental little bits & pieces that she can now put into this box. I will probably end up making her a couple more to make a matching set!


















Products used all came from the Illumination Collection. I used the JOY paper for the base & the ACCEPTANCE paper for the lid. I also used element stickers, word stickers & the stamp set 2. The Illumination Collection works really well with Gelatos because of the pale grey colours of a lot of the papers. They can be brightened up really easily to make funky adolescent gifts. I’ve already showed my daughter on Face Time & she loves her new box! Yes I am terrible at keeping surprises!!

Thanks for stopping by to see my tutorial. Let me know if you make something similar 🙂